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Containing Miami's Duke Johnson a major concern for Gators



When Florida defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin studied film of Miami, one player jumped out at him immediately.

Miami RB Duke Johnson.

Stopping Johnson is a major priority when Florida plays at Miami on Saturday afternoon.

Johnson has rushed for 1,133 yards in 13 career games and is averaging 9.0 yards per carry in his last five games.

"That guy can put his foot in the ground and change the score on any down," Durkin said. "He is a fast guy, a quick guy, a great change of direction. He has great running back skills. He finishes runs, he's physical, he runs inside the tackles really well, too. It's not like he's just a perimeter guy. He's a complete back. He catches the ball well out of the backfield. He's the total package."

So just how do you stop a guy like Johnson?

"Make sure you know where he's at on the field, and it's a team effort," Durkin said. "It takes 11 guys. Obviously, we understand what we're up against  with him, and he's a point of emphasis. That's a guy there going to get the ball in his hands. It's got to be a team effort and everyone doing their job."

Several Gators know Johnson from their high school playing days.

"Duke's always going to be Duke," Gators DL Marcus Maye said. "He's good. He's always been good. He's a great back. He's explosive, makes big plays. We just have to rally, rally to the ball and make sure he doesn't have any big plays against us."

[Last modified: Friday, September 6, 2013 7:05pm]


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